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New Hard Drive...what to buy?

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I have a Dell Dimension 8200 P4, 2.4ghz, 1gb ram with a 40gb hard drive.  I am looking to replace the hard drive and wanted to know if it is best to get a hard drive with 8 or 16 MB Cache?  I do a lot of graphic work and also use a lot of music files.  Suggestions?  Dell is recommending a 160GB/8MB Cache Maxtor HD.
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The choice would depend on several things: price, and performance.
The 16 Mb disc will outperform the 8 Mb one; but are you willing to pay the price?
Also, if you have a drive bigger than 128 Gb, you might want to check first that the motherboard supports it (i think that would be ok, since Dell advised you on the 160 Gb, but you never know...)
And since you do a lot of graphic work and music, you might also consider a 200Gb or even bigger one, depending on the forecasted storage needs you have.
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Thanks, I appreciate the input!
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